Fishing Tips Blog Posts

The “Big Dogs” of Summer

August 15th, 2017

The dog days of summer are here and August is a great month to catch what I call the “Big Dogs.” This trio of tackle-busters, all available near or inshore, offers anglers big game thrills. Two of these fish, the tarpon and the blacktip shark, often weigh over 100 pounds and put on awesome aerial… Read More…

Airborne Acrobats: Silver King and Blacktip Sharks

July 14th, 2017

We had just put a fresh menhaden on the hook and tossed it out when the water exploded. Ten feet in the air shaking his bucket mouth, the silver king then reentered the water and went into overdrive. The line screamed off the reel and, then, it was over. This scenario is replayed over and… Read More…

Battle In The Deep Blue: Catching A Mahi-Mahi

June 25th, 2017

The calm sea exploded around the skipping ballyhoo, the rod bucked wildly and the fish took to the air. There was no doubt we were hooked up to the most beautiful fish inhabiting the deep blue waters of the Gulf Stream: the dolphin (fish), more commonly known as mahi-mahi. Young Robert Lyon, the third generation… Read More…

Big Game, Small Boats Angling for Cobia

May 9th, 2017

The heart of Cobia season is upon us. Local anglers, rejoice! Cobia offer big-game angling for the smallest of boats. Currently the state record is at 92 pounds, 10 ounces, a whopper fish for sure, but I have seen several over 100 pounds. A little 65-pound Cobia swam right up to the boat last year, and… Read More…

Seriously Sheepshead: A Fishing Tale off Hilton Head Island

March 17th, 2017

The slight, almost imperceptible tug on the rod tip signaled the sheepshead had taken the crab in its mouth. Pulling back gently to tighten the connection, I waited for the second tap. At this point, history has taught me that it may be too late—the crab crushed and the fish gone. But there it was,… Read More…

Successful Speck Fishing

November 21st, 2016

In the summer, charter fishing clients frequently ask, “What do you do around here in the winter? Is there anything to fish for then?” These questions always bring a smile to my face because—as all resident anglers know—winter on Hilton Head Island offers some of the best fishing of the year. Cooler weather brings cooler… Read More…

Time for Tarpon

September 22nd, 2016

Caleb had just tossed the live menhaden out. The rod immediately bent double and the line sizzled off the reel. Thirty yards behind the boat, the chrome-plated behemoth went ballistic, giving us a show of acrobatics second to none. And then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone. Caleb looked at me with… Read More…

Shark City: An Underwater Tale

August 9th, 2016

The dark, sinister form appeared 20 yards from the boat, swimming lazily, but with a sense of raw power. His 12 feet in length confirmed that power as he nosed up to the boat, seeking the scent of the barracuda we had hanging from the stern. The stripes on his sides, along with his size,… Read More…

Reel Sport: Landing Deep-Water Fish

June 13th, 2016

The large chunk of fresh-cut bait had scarcely touched bottom when the fish inhaled it and took off! As quickly as I moved the drag to the strike setting, the hefty rod bent double and went under the boat. “Big brown, big brown!” my brother Don hollered, as the fish took to the air behind me…. Read More…

“MAY” You Catch Cobia?

May 5th, 2016

The month of May means a lot of things to people. Spring is in full swing and the promise of summer is just around the corner. The weather is getting real nice and kids are counting down the days before school ends. For local fisherman, it means primarily one thing—cobia season! The very exciting, sometimes… Read More…

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